On your computer, some services are for the network, gaming, security, and other things. Iphlpsvc, IP Helper service, is one such service. Like other services, you may be confused about how this service plays a role. Now, MiniTool will show much information on it in this post.

What Is Iphlpsvc Service?

Iphlpsvc refers to Internet Protocol (IP) Helper Service in Windows and it is used to retrieve and modify the network configuration settings for the local computer. What it does is to allow connections via various networking protocols, including IPv6 and Port Proxy among others.

Unlike some services like antivirus, iphlpsvc comes to your computer from the start. So, it can start automatically and you don’t need to manually run it.

Is It Safe to Disable Iphlpsv?

Iphlpsvc is mainly used for connecting over IPv6 or running remote databases. If you use your computer for some general tasks, for example, media viewing, gaming, or web browsing, this service is not important.

Besides, disabling IP Helper Service won’t have any damage to your system and doesn’t break the general functionality. But if you need to use the IPv6 protocol, please ensure this service is running. If this service eats up a ton of resources, you can choose to disable it.

Tip: In Windows, many services can be disabled safely. This post - You Can Disable Unnecessary Services in Windows 10 shows you much. Just know them if you are interested in.

How to Disable Iphlpsvc

There are 3 ways for you to disable IP Helper Service. Now, let’s see them.

Use Registry Editor

Before making a change to Windows Registry, we suggest that you should back up registry keys since any incorrect modification could damage your system. Just follow the way mentioned in this post - How to Back up Individual Registry Keys Windows 10.

Then, follow these steps to do this work:

Step 1: Open Registry Editor by pressing Win + R, typing regedit, and clicking OK.

Step 2: Go to this path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\iphlpsvc.

Step 3: Double-click the Start key, change its Value data to 4, and click OK to save the change.

start key in iphlpsvc

Step 4: Restart your computer, iphlpsvc is disabled and it won’t start up with Windows. If you want to enable this service, change the value data back to 2.

Disable IP Helper Service in Services Window

This is another simple and fast way to disable this service. And you can do this work by following the guide:

Step 1: Go to the search bar of Windows 10, type services, and click the result.

Step 2: Locate IP Helper from the right list and right-click it to choose Properties.

Step 3: In the new window, click the Stop button to disable iphlpsvc.

disable iphlpsvc in Services

Step 4: If you want to stop the service from running again, you can set Startup type to Disabled.

Step 5: Save the change.

Disable Iphlpsvc via Command Prompt

Besides, you can disable the iphlpsvc service using Command Prompt. For information on how to access Command Prompt, refer to this post - Command Prompt Windows 10: Tell Your Windows to Take Actions.

Step 1: Run Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 2: Type the command REG add “HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\iphlpsvc” /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f and press Enter.

disable iphlpsvc via Command Prompt

Tip: To enable IP Helper Service, use the command: REG add “HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\iphlpsvc” /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f.

Bottom Line

After reading this post, you know what iphlpsvc is, whether it is safe to disable the service and how to disable IP Helper Service via 3 methods. If you have any information on the service, also tell us.

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